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What is
Psychotherapy?

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy aims to help a person understand their feelings and equip them to face new challenges, both in the present and the future.
Psychotherapy is similar to counselling, and the two can overlap. However, the former tends to look more deeply, addressing the underlying causes of a person’s problems as well as how to solve them.
To see positive results, a person will usually need to understand the need for change and be willing to follow the treatment plan as the specialist advises. They will also need to find a suitable therapist they can trust.

Psychotherapy can help when depression, low self-esteem, addiction, bereavement, or other factors leave a person feeling overwhelmed. It can also help treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain other mental health conditions. People often, but not always, use both psychotherapy and medication.

What to expect

There are many approaches to psychotherapy. Some forms last for only a few sessions, while others may continue for months or years, depending on the person’s needs. Individual sessions usually last for around 45–90 minutes and follow a structured process. Sessions may be one-to-one, in pairs, or in groups. Techniques can include talking and other forms of communication, such as drama, storytelling, or music.
A psychotherapist may be:

Who Can Benefit?

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy aims to help a person understand their feelings and equip them to face new challenges, both in the present and the future.
Psychotherapy is similar to counselling, and the two can overlap. However, the former tends to look more deeply, addressing the underlying causes of a person’s problems as well as how to solve them.
To see positive results, a person will usually need to understand the need for change and be
willing to follow the treatment plan as the specialist advises. They will also need to find a suitable therapist they can trust.

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Types of Psychotherapy?

There are several styles of and approaches to psychotherapy. The sections below will outline these in more detail.

Effectiveness

Each person’s experience of psychotherapy will be different, and the time it takes to see an improvement will also vary. Some people will notice a difference after around six to 12 sessions, while others may need ongoing treatment for several years.

  • Have a desire to participate engage actively in treatment Attend appointments and
  • Complete any assignments between sessions
  • Be honest when describing symptoms and situations

  • Have a desire to participate engage actively in treatment Attend appointments and
  • Complete any assignments between sessions
  • Be honest when describing symptoms and situations

  • Have a desire to participate engage actively in treatment Attend appointments and
  • Complete any assignments between sessions
  • Be honest when describing symptoms and situations
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  • Have a desire to participate engage actively in treatment Attend appointments and
  • Complete any assignments between sessions
  • Be honest when describing symptoms and situations

A good therapist

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the qualities of a good therapist include such factors as:

Choosing a suitable therapist

People seek psychotherapy for a wide range of reasons, and each individual is different. Providers should have training in dealing with a wide range of situations, but some can meet more specific needs. For example, a practitioner may specialize in counselling for survivors of sexual abuse.
A person who has experienced trauma due to race, sexual orientation, or human trafficking, for example, will need to find someone who understands where the person is starting from. They will also need appropriate training. After identifying a therapist who seems suitable, the individual should ask plenty of questions before starting therapy to make sure that this is the person they want. A doctor, online community, or local support group can often recommend a suitable therapist.
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Risks and Cautions

Psychotherapy can offer many benefits, but there are some cautions to be aware of before
starting. The following sections will outline these in more detail.